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Grazer Kunstverein moves to the billboards
Emma Wolf-Haugh

 In advance of a solo exhibition at Grazer Kunstverein in Autumn 2020, Emma Wolf-Haugh takes Grazer Kunstverein to the streets with a billboard campaign around the central district of Lend. Large-scale, collaboratively made, photographic works linked to Wolf-Haugh's wider project Domestic Optimism are displayed in the poster slots usually reserved for advertisements. Displacing private domestic interiors (fusing past and present) to the public sphere the billboards are part of a continuing engagement with spatial politics and queer women’s invisibility. Wolf-Haugh’s artistic practice often involves (re)inserting and (re)appropriating narratives and histories that are otherwise overlooked, obscured, written out, or deleted. Read more about Wolf-Haugh's exhibition here.
Emma Wolf-Haugh (born 1974) is a visual artist and educator. Weaving together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques, she is interested in re-orienting attention in relation to cultural narratives and develops work from a queer/feminist questioning of what is missing? Her practice is informed by previous experience in theatre and queer DIY club scenes, both sites where spaces and spatial relations are generated temporarily. The stage and the dance floor or darkroom are designed to focus attention via a set of aesthetic practices, including the manipulation of audio/visual, moveable hard/soft architectures, ephemera and the performing body. This has led to a continuing engagement with the aesthetics of club culture along with questions of spatial politics and an incorporation of theatricality as a means of making propositions. Emma is co-founder of the artist collective The Many Headed Hydra together with Suza Husse. Emma has been in artist in residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art since July 2019. Current & recent projects include: Seized by the Left Hand, curated by Eoin Dara and Kim McAleese at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dec 2019, Is it Possible to Exist Outside of Language, curated by Aziz Sohail, at Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan, I SLIPPED INTO MY FIRST METAMORPHOSIS SO QUIETLY THAT NO ONE NOTICED, curated by Gitte Villesen, Den Frie Center Of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2019), Colomboscope interdisciplinary arts festival, curated by Natasha Ginwala, with The Many Headed Hydra, Sri Lanka (2019). Emma is the editor of 'Having a Kiki - Queer Desire and Public Space' (PVA, 2016) and co-founder of the collective ‘The Many Headed Hydra’ together with Suza Husse since 2015.